TNNWC Publications And Informational Products Division publishes The National Networker (TNNWC) Weekly Newsletter and The BLUE TUESDAY Report especially for entrepreneurs and early-stage venturers; free weekly subscriptions to these informative publications are available online to all entrepreneurial Members of TNNWC.

Membership in TNNWC is free (it's automatic for any subscriber to any TNNWC Publication) and available at our website. When you arrive there, just click on any of the JOIN US or BECOME a MEMBER buttons or links.

Monday, January 10, 2011

THINGS OF VALUE: That Third Place: In Time

Things Of Value with Yossi Feigenson

A little while ago I was walking home from a function with a good friend, who happens to be a leader in our community, an author, lecturer and an inspirational leader to boot. Suffice to say, he is well known in our parts and is a celebrity to many. As we are walking, we get stopped and greeted every half block, by a well wisher, a follower or a friend. Of course there is a warm greeting for a few words with each individual. It was evident that he relished these moments. This walk home was no ordinary stroll; it was an event in itself. In minor bewilderment and amusement I said to him: you really take your third place seriously. And, without skipping a beat he replied, ‘the in-between places are the hidden places where so much of life’s the joy exists’.

Our little verbal exchange and my friend’s intuitive response brought to light something so important, so valuable and yet so often overlooked. There is so much of our lives that occurs in the in between time, that it is crucial for us to be aware of this time and pay attention to how we spend it.

I’ve experienced changes in my professional life, and I no longer have a long subway commute. The convenience is fabulous, but something, something I hold dear was lost; a little slice of my third place. Allow me to explain: Besides for the usual hassles that accompany a normal commute, it had become my personal place where I would lose myself in great books, do crossword puzzles, study or simply zone out. I don’t want to say this too loudly, but I miss those days. Many of my fellow commuters share this same sentiment. If you observe folks on the NYC Subway system you will see that many of them turn this space into their own private living area.

A walk home from anywhere, a daily commute, a flight, waiting for an appointment, or any other “unscheduled” in-between time are all opportunities for us to take hold of and make our own.
The loose definition of the third place is the place and time in between the home and work. The time we spend at home and at work is mostly accounted for, and somewhat scheduled and structured. The third place is the time that will not show up on your outlook calendar, is not a time to study with a child, or even to eat dinner. Rather, it is a place in time, minutes or hours, which are hidden and so often go unnoticed that they barely exist.

Former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan wrote in his memoir that he spends 15 minutes each day in quiet reflection. I gleaned as much insight from this passage Than I did from the rest of the book. Mr. Greenspan carved out of his insanely busy life a small pocket of time in which he allowed himself to reflect, think and rejuvenate.

This is not an article about time management. Rather, I’ll call it time awareness. The art and science of managing ones time are way beyond the scope of this discussion. There are hundreds of books on the subject and countless time management gurus ready to provide meaningful guidance in that regard. This is about appreciating the romance of a special time and seeing the value in it. It is about time value.

Diners and restaurants fashion themselves a third place. No company in recent memory has driven home this notion better than Starbucks. As Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks famously quipped “We're not in the business of filling bellies; we’re in the business of filling souls”. Sipping a hot drink in Starbucks has really become synonymous with the in-between place. Have you ever noticed how relaxed people appear to be in Starbucks? I personally think it is one of the greatest places to have a conversation. Better than the office, even better than home.

Every moment is precious. Many are filled with so much to do. Yet, there are hidden third places that can belong to us. Let’s use them. Let’s find the third places in our lives. Let’s be aware of them. Let’s cherish them.

For more information, please visit Yossi's TNNWC Bio.

Membership is FREE!The NATIONAL NETWORKER™The BLUE TUESDAY Report™The NATIONAL NEWSPICKER™LEFT, RIGHT and CENTER™Customer Experience PracticeSpecialized Financing & Credit EnhancementEmerging Enterprise Venture Capital Program™Merchant Payment Processing SolutionsNews Releases, Publicity and Public RelationsBUZZWORKS™ - Branding and Social Media DominationMarket Research, Surveys and PollsAssessment ToolsBLOGWORKS™ - Expand Your Search Engine Presence, Positioning and CredibilityAdvertise with Us!Selected Service ProvidersInternational Connections Service - Go GlobalIntelligence and Information OperationsInstant Mobile Communications & ApplicationsCooperative Business Community
Visit Our WEBSITE for more!
Capital, Traffic Building, International Customers and unique SERVICES.
The National Networker Publications™ produced by TNNWC Group, LLC
Resources for Business Planning, Development, Capital and Growth

Forward/Share This Article With Colleagues And Social Media:

No comments:

Blog Archive

BNI News Feed

The Emergence of The Relationship Economy

The Emergence of The Relationship Economy
The Emergence of the Relationship Economy features TNNWC Founder, Adam J. Kovitz as a contributing author and contains some of his early work on The Laws of Relationship Capital. The book is available in hardcopy and e-book formats. With a forward written by Doc Searls (of Cluetrain Manifesto fame), it is considered a "must read" for anyone responsible for the strategic direction of their business. If you would like to purchase your own copy, please click the image above.


Site Credits:

Featured in Alltop
ALLTOP Business
News Wire. HOT.
Cool Javascript codes for websites  Fabulous Free Calendars

Create FREE graphics at